Saves Conservation Program

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1) Objective

Rainforest Trust purchases and protects the most threatened tropical forests, saving endangered wildlife through partnerships and community engagement. Partnership applications should meet the following criteria:

  • (1) clear focus on creating a new Protected Area (i.e., through land purchase, designation as a national park, conversion of logging concessions to reserves, community protection or the expansion of existing Protected Areas);
  • (2) proposed sites must be currently unprotected (use IUCN’s Protected Planet database to determine if the area is already recognized as protected (category 1-6) before submitting an application);
  • (3) recent, verifiable evidence supporting the presence of species assessed as Endangered or Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species within the proposed Protected Area site;
  • and (4) endorsement from project stakeholders, including local environmental agencies, government officials and especially communities.

2) Eligibility

In order to qualify for the initiative, organisations should be: (1) non-profit entities or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) based in the country where the project is located; (2) well-established with an independent and autonomous oversight and management committee (e.g. Board) and (3) located in the tropics. The applicant must be an NGO based in the country of the proposed protected area and have authorization to work.

3) Location

They fund projects taking place in Tropical Latin America, Africa or Asia.

4) Budget

There are no funding request limits for applicants, but the average grant is $200,000. Partnership applications should not include: overhead costs (e.g., administration costs or office rent), ecological monitoring or research, forest restoration (e.g., tree planting), vehicle purchases other than motorcycles, international travel.

5) Application

Applications for partnership with Rainforest Trust to create new Protected Areas are reviewed two times per year. Application deadlines are February 1 and June 1. First, an eligibility quiz needs to be completed online. If your organization and project are eligible, you will be provided our Concept Note template to complete. Based on your Concept Note, if your project fits our criteria, you will be contacted to begin work on a more detailed Application.

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